Call to African Ministers for human resources development plan

25 April 2010 | ABUJA - Advocates have called for African Ministers of Education to develop an African Human Resources Development Plan as a step towards achieving development goals. The Ministers are meeting at the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union on 26-27 April 2012 in Nigeria.

The NGO leading this initiative, the Africa Public Health Alliance, has published a comparative analysis of human resources for health in twenty countries in the region with high burdens of maternal and child mortality and morbidity. This comparative analysis notes crucial shortages in human resources for health in all of these countries.

In a statement to the Ministers of Education, the Africa Public Health Alliance notes poor human resources in health and other sectors is a cause of current poor performance and a determinant of future performance, since for instance if funding for health is increased without the adequate human resources being in place, countries will not be able to absorb the funds.

The Africa Public Health Alliance calls on Africa’s education ministers to work with other sectors to prioritise in each country and regionally, the development of a Human Resources Development Plan that identifies what level of human resources are required for each sector, what is currently available, and what policy and investment is required to fill the gaps in the shortest possible time.